The End of Miracles



[BOOKS] ✸ The End of Miracles By Monica Starkman – E17streets4all.co.uk International Book Awards finalist for literary fiction Written by a prominent psychiatrist, this stirring portrait of one woman s psychological unraveling takes readers on a suspenseful journey acro International Book Awardsfinalist of Miracles eBook ↠ for literary fiction Written by a prominent psychiatrist, this stirring portrait of one woman s psychological unraveling takes readers on a suspenseful journey across The End eBook Á the blurred boundaries between sanity and depression, madness and healing Margo Kerber has endured difficult years battling infertility while trying to sustain her good marriage and satisfying career End of Miracles MOBI ñ When a joyful pregnancy ends in a late miscarriage, she is devastated For a time, the false belief that she is once again pregnant rescues her from grief When this comforting fantasy inevitably clashes with ultrasound reality, Margo falls into a deep depression She is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where the environment is often chaotic Worried it is making her worse, she seizes an opportunity to flee Alone on the city streets, a new fantasy propels her to kidnap a baby from its carriage.The End of Miracles

Other articles of Miracles eBook ↠ have been in MariaShriver, The New Republic and Vogue I publish the results of my research in the scientific literature These articles are primarily The End eBook Á about the effects of stress hormones on mood and brain structure I also study conditions related to women such as the first investigation of women’s reactions to the End of Miracles MOBI ñ use of fetal monitors during labor This interest, too, is at the core of The End of Miracles So you could say that my two professions: psychiatrist and novelist, are two sides of the same coin.

The End of Miracles  PDF/EPUB ✓ The End  eBook
    The End of Miracles PDF/EPUB ✓ The End eBook When this comforting fantasy inevitably clashes with ultrasound reality, Margo falls into a deep depression She is admitted to a psychiatric hospital, where the environment is often chaotic Worried it is making her worse, she seizes an opportunity to flee Alone on the city streets, a new fantasy propels her to kidnap a baby from its carriage."/>
  • Paperback
  • The End of Miracles
  • Monica Starkman
  • 03 July 2017
  • 9781631520549

10 thoughts on “The End of Miracles

  1. says:

    Written by a psychiatrist(disclosure: me) this is the story of a woman who unravels psychologically after harrowing infertility and miscarriage, the drastic choices she makes, and the doctors and close ones who try to save her. A reason I wrote it is to present a realistic view of psychiatric patients and treatment, at the same time providing a compelling read to pay back my debt to the world of literature because books have been one of the greatest joys of my life. The reviews written here by readers note that The End of Miracles is a book that gives the reader an experience of watching and not just reading, a book that provides pleasure as well as insight. And what can be more gratifying to an author than giving readers pleasure?

  2. says:

    Starkman is psychologically astute and clinically accurate. Her writing is lyrical. Consider the book’s opening sentences.

    The dream was always the same—a flood of babies dribbling out of her mouth, dozens, tumbling head over heels. It was like coming up from the sea sputtering a mouthful of water, salty and alive with life forms. The dream was not frightening, not even unpleasant, but today Margo didn’t want to linger with it, with the strange images, the faint sensation on her lips and tongue. Better to get up, move about, dispel all traces of it. She opened her eyes, and the babies flickered and faded as they disintegrated into the room’s darkness.

    The story that follows that dream is gripping. It unfolds in ways that are vividly cinematic. Margo, the story’s protagonist, is desperate to conceive a child. Disappointed, she rents a cheap hotel room and heads to the shopping center, where she finds herself beside a woman pushing a baby carriage.

    What follows is shocking. The hitherto upstanding, courteous, conventional, law-abiding Margo begins to spiral downward through a legal and psychotic tunnel that defies reason—but not logic. Desperately unhappy, she takes desperate measures to restore hope—and mental balance.

    Rather than spoil the book’s delicious suspense, I will include no more details. Suffice it to say that Margo and her husband are restored to each other and to civilization as they knew it. She learns to live with new expectations. All is not well, exactly, but life becomes bearable. The sun may even shine again.

    It’s rare that I give a book five stars. The five-star category belongs to such writers as Ian McEwan, Philip Roth, Anne Tyler, Tillie Olsen, Oliver Sacks. I give few books four stars, but this one is in that category.

  3. says:

    This stunning book builds slowly to a climatic ending full of the best and worst of humanity. I kept wondering if I’d be able to make it to the end, as scenes moved from lush, detailed memories with that certain sense of wonder and magic that all children seem to possess, to that of severe psychic trauma and its devastating effects. I did make it, with the aid of some tissues and a hot cup of chai.
    The emotional journey that Margo goes through is mirrored by other events in her normally tidy world, and it all spirals out of control in one way or another. While some people might find that wading through the first 2/3 of the book before the more jarring events happen to be too tedious, I appreciated the sense of security, though I can’t say I was totally surprised that it was rather swiftly ripped away and shredded to pieces.
    If you’ve ever suffered through any sort of depression, this book will really hit home. While you might not have experienced the same trauma or psychosomatic symptoms, the feeling of utter helplessness displayed by both Margo and Steven will be all too familiar. Dr. Monica Starkman sums it up well in the following passage:

    “Pleasure seems to be a language she spoke once but has long since forgotten.”

    When you’re reading this book you don’t just see words on the page, you feel strongly and you mourn along with the characters. It would be impossible not be moved in some small way at least, given the strength and beauty behind the writing itself, and the depth with which each of these persons is rendered. I highly recommend reading this, as long as you are aware of the triggering material from what’s mentioned in the synopsis, and you are prepared to embark upon a tumultuous quest to find meaning and fulfillment after so many disappointments.

  4. says:

    The End of Miracles This dramatic, psychological thriller by Monica Starkman left me deeply confused - NOT about the book but about myself! I always thought I knew right from wrong. As I read this beautifully written novel I was simply enjoying the graphic details, the ups and down of a mid-level administrator, and the heart-tugging storyline. When the dramatic saga unfolded I thought I knew what the outcome would be. When it was frighteningly different from what was anticipated, I struggled to understand where 'I' had gone wrong in my thinking! Should Margo have been more severely punished for her act? Should she have been more deeply pitied? Am I so judgemental? What on earth happened to this intelligent, healthy, happily married young woman? Why did her husband stay with her? The sudden deterioration in her mental health shocked me. Or was it so sudden? But not on the second read....in spite of modern medicine, failure to conceive became a slow, lonely, emotionally painful process. Her body had failed her. And then her mind.

    Note: I am grateful to the author for providing me with an Advance Reader Copy.

  5. says:

    How much is a woman’s identity caught up in the desire for motherhood? What are the emotional consequences of not being able to have a child of one’s own? Monica Starkman has written a masterful portrayal of a woman with a complicated and traumatic past who falls victim to a little-spoken-of psychological and physical phenomenon after her first pregnancy ends in stillbirth.

    The novel is enriched by the perspective of a writer with many years of experience as a psychiatrist, and it builds in emotional power. Starkman’s talent as a writer makes us intimately aware of Margo Kerber’s hopes and despair. The novel shows us how Margo enters her grief and succumbs to it, propelling her towards a startling act and painful reckoning. Her life unravels, despite the strength of her marriage, her meaningful role as a surrogate parent to a mentally ill child, and the continuing support of a deep friendship. Told with accuracy and compassion, it takes you down a path that is both shocking and, perhaps, inevitable.

    -- Reeva Mager, LMSW
    (I received a pre-publication review copy)

  6. says:


    I have known Dr. Monica Starkman for four decades as a prominent psychiatrist colleague, with special expertise in psychosomatic medicine. Now I deeply admire her as a gifted novelist, whose brilliant use of imagery in her writing reminds me so much of John Keats' immortal poetry. Dr. Starkman's novel opens with The dream was always the same----a flood of babies dribbling out of her mouth, dozens, tumbling head over heels.... The description was concrete, startlingly visual, vividly kinetic and palpable, like Keats' poems. The entire novel was imbued with such memorably intense, and at times sensual, portrayals that it leaves a profoundly engaging and stimulating effect on the reader. I simply could not put the book down until I got to the very last page. The End of Miracles is an enormously engaging and rewarding read!

    Reviewed by Evangeline J. Spindler, MD
    Past President, Michigan Psychoanalytic Society


  7. says:

    The End of Miracles is a spellbinding fast-paced read—a beautifully written debut novel. Particularly so for those interested in mind-body connections.

    As someone who suffered unrelieved grief for years over the death of my young mother in childbirth, I identified with Margo, with the hidden damage done by the death of her beloved father. No child should ever have to grieve the death of a loved one alone. If left to one’s own devices, the mind can play deadly tricks on the body. And vice-versa. Highly recommended.



  8. says:

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book and loved it. What I loved about this book was the powerful storytelling technique that Dr. Starkman has. I really flew through the end of the book and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Dr. Starkman also did a wonderful job of providing educational background for readers at the beginning of some of the chapters. It was just enough to set the stage for what was coming next. I recommend this book for readers interested in psychiatry and looking to get a peek inside the mind of someone working through an intense life challenge.

  9. says:

    What an amazing book. Filled with intrigue, suspense and sheer engagement of the mind. Starkman really gets the human mind and can capture its unraveling after heartbreak with such sharp detail and honors the struggles faced by many. The story was twisty and turny and kept me gripped me to the pages. It was intense, well drawn out and one not to be missed. It was almost hard to put into words how I felt about this book, so please read this book and come back and tell me your thoughts! We all need to talk about this book!

    #FirstLine ~ The dream was always the same—a flood of babies dribbling out of her mouth, dozens, tumbling head over heels.

  10. says:

    The End of Miracles was an intriguing journey into the mind of a normal woman gone awry. While it is disturbing to watch her descent into temporary insanity, one can't help but turn the pages until late into the night to see what happens. Starkman's excellent prose and writing style is engaging and informative; I loved all of the psychological elements and explanations. This one will stay with me for a long time!

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